Dublin Pre-season Friendly Confirmed

As previously announced, Glenavon will travel to the Dublin area for a pre-season friendly on Saturday July 29th. It has now been confirmed that this will be versus Cherry Orchard FC and the game will kick-off 1pm.

It has been suggested for any fans planning to travel to the game that the Club can be found near to Cherry Orchard Hospital. Directions from the Cherry Orchard website are here. The Senior team plays at the Elmdale pitches.

Warrenpoint Fixture Change

Following discussions between the clubs, the opening Danske Bank fixture at Warrenpoint has been shifted to a 5:30pm kick-off, at the request of Warrenpoint, on Saturday 12th August.

Warrenpoint Town had originally applied to NIFL for a move to the previous Friday night but this had caused Glenavon some difficulties as we are hosting a prestigious Women’s Under 19 International on that night at Mourneview Park.

Glenavon Chairman Adrian Teer expressed his thanks to his counterpart Connaire McGreevy after Mr McGreevy kindly agreed to revert to a Saturday kick-off. “I would like to sincerely thank Connaire and his board for facilitating this change to enable us to host the Under 19 game at Mourneview.”

Danske Bank Premiership Fixtures

NIFL has released the fixture list for the 2017-18 Danske Bank Premiership Season.

Glenavon’s first game is a trip to newly promoted Championship winners Warrenpoint Town on Saturday 12th August with the first home game the following Tuesday night against Ballinamallard United (7:45pm kick off). The following Saturday 19th we travel to Ballymena United and this is followed by a home game versus Glentoran on the 26th of August.

The full fixture list is available as a pdf file by clicking here. Our Fixtures page will be updated shortly.

Pre-season Friendlies

Glenavon’s first pre-season friendly, on Saturday 1st July, sees us make the short journey North to take on Crumlin United, kick off 2:30pm.

Other friendlies arranged to date are:

20th July Newry City (A) Kick off 7:30 pm
22nd July Banbridge Town (A) Kick off 1:30 pm
3rd August Loughgall (A)

The club also plans to arrange a friendly in the Dublin area for Saturday 5th August; opponents to be confirmed. Details of further friendlies will be announced on the website in due course.

Preview: Europa League Play Off Final: Ballymena United v Glenavon

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Glenavon travel to the Ballymena Showgrounds tomorrow evening for their last, and arguably most important game of the 2016/17 season as they battle it out with Ballymena United in the Play Off Final for that coveted and lucrative Europa League spot (Kick off 7.45pm).

NO TICKETS REQUIRED

Speaking on Thursday evening ahead of the game Manager Gary Hamilton advised that Simon Kelly, Guy Bates and David Elebert were definitely ruled out of the game. “Guy’s knee still isn’t right. We knew if we played Simon Kelly it would finish his chances of playing on Friday but we needed him to give us the best chance of reaching the Final and obviously it did work for us”.  Gary advised that David Elebert had been struggling with some sort of viral infection and having completed training on Saturday has again been unwell. Chris Turner also remains a doubt for the game after coming off at Solitude three weeks ago with a tight hamstring.

Simon Kelly misses tomorrow’s game through injury. Pic: Maynard Collins

When discussing the impact fans have had previously Gary commented, “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the other night in the second half we felt it, when you hear them, that helps the players on the pitch, some people need that and some people like that and it gives them the extra motivation they need. I’ve said all along that in any of the big performances we’ve had in my time as Manager that the supporters have driven the team to it. The semi finals, the European decider against Portadown, the two Finals – the supporters have played a huge part. They were a credit to themselves when we needed them the other night against Cliftonville and hopefully we can hear them from start to finish again against Ballymena tomorrow”.

So, for one last time this season let’s get out in numbers tomorrow evening and get behind the players from the very first to the very last minute.  #GHBAWA

Important information for spectators

As a result of an incident at Monday night’s game at Solitude the club understands there will be thorough searching of spectators entering the ground. You are reminded that possession of fireworks/flares etc is a specific offence under the Criminal Justice Act 2011 in relation to football matches. Anyone found to be in possession of such items will be denied access to the ground and handed over to the PSNI. Anyone identified as throwing such a device within the ground will be also be handed over to the PSNI and ejected from the ground. Moreover, the club would be likely to face consequential IFA sanctions. We urge all fans to be vocal and passionate on Friday night but do nothing to tarnish the good name of Glenavon Football Club.

Finally, in planning their journey to the game supporters are reminded of the probability of heavy traffic in the Ballymena area as a result of spectators heading to the North Coast for the NW200.

Europa League Play-offs

The Europa League Play-Offs have been scheduled as follows:

Semi Finals, Monday, 8 May 2017

1. 4th placed club v 7th placed club
2. 5th placed club v 6th placed club

Final, Friday, 12 May 2017

Winner of Semi Final 1 v Winner of Semi Final 2

Note: The higher ranked club will have home advantage in the final.

Reserves News

The Reserves game scheduled for this coming Monday night, 27th, has been postponed. We will let you know when a new date has been arranged.

The Reserves went down 6-3 away to Crusaders Reserves in the Development League on a night of horrendous weather on Wednesday. 2-0 down after 15 minutes against a strong Crusaders team, Jack Sharvin pulled one back before half time. The Glenavon coaches were disappointed by some decisions by the referee who rejected a number of strong penalty appeals.

Jordan Jenkins levelled the scores after the break but Crues scored again to lead 3-2 but that was short-lived as Jenkins got another with a great finish from edge of the box to make it 3-3.

The Crues got another with 20 minutes to go, leading 4-3. Glenavon attacked for the last 15 minutes looking for an equaliser, but again with the referee failing to award several decisions to the Lurgan Blues, a third equaliser didn’t arrive and Crues made the final score 6-3 with two goals in the last couple of minutes.

Glenavon: Taylor, McIvor, Fisher, Harland, Doyle, Renato, Norton, Kelly, Robinson, Jenkins, Sharvin. Subs: Lucas, Jackson